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Guineapig - Parasite

by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 17 August 2022, 5:32 AM

Although some people think that Grindcore is a subgenre of Death Metal, it’s a musical genre derived from the proximity shared by Thrash Metal, Hardcore, Crossover, and Crust Punk. The so-called fathers are many: REPULSION, SARCÓFAGO (due the blast beats used on “Satanas”), NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER, and many others. But the genre is still here, evolving and fitting on new forms to keep alive (and nasty and noisy as always), a lesson well-learned by the Italian trio GUINEAPIG, as can be heard on “Parasite”.

They’re essentially a Goregrind act (Grindcore/Death Metal way with bloody lyrics) with influences inherited of Death Metal that evades faster tempos that are usual to Grindcore, but there’s a lot of parts where the trio becomes experimental and uses a personal approach on their music, even with instrumental tunes that could sound weird for the puritan fans. There are moments when they play fast and noisy, slower and bonesmashing on others, but always full of energy and aggressiveness. The band did something that’s not usual for Grindcore acts: under the guidance of Fra (who produced the album) and Marco Mastrobuono (who worked on the production as well, and did the recording, mixing, and mastering of the album), they created a noisy and aggressive sonority, but with modern instrumental tunes and with a high level of definition. It’s brutal, but understandable as well.

“Ocular Tormentor” (slow paced tempos boosting a lot the aggressiveness of the trios music, especially due the contrasts between grunts and distorted grunts), the brutal and oppressive “City of the Monkey God” (there are some influences of Groove on the guitar riffs), “Taxidermia” (a faster song, with the particular hooks on some parts, and a solid work of bass guitar and drums can be heard), “Urethra Candiru Terror” (filthy, slower and nasty, it depicts clearly the sickening approach of the trio on the genre), “Supreme Body Bizarre” and “Liquefied” (both songs present some Old School Hardcore/Punk influences in the simple technical work in some moments), and “Deformed Doppelgänger” are the right ones for a first time on the trio’s work. But beware with your ears.

The band paves its own path as shown on “Parasite”, so give a chance to GUINEAPIG and to you.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Ocular Tormentor
2. Mermaid in a Manhole
3. City of the Monkey God
4. Taxidermia
5. Urethra Candiru Terror
6. Parasitic Protozoa
7. Supreme Body Bizarre
8. Saprophyte
9. Liquefied
10. Pandemic
11. Zatypota
12. Deformed Doppelgänger
13. Ocular Tormentor (Confrontational Remix)
Fra - Guitars, Vocals
Alessio - Bass, Vocals
Giancarlo - Drums
Record Label: Spikerot Records


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